Tell me about being pregnant with type 1 diabetes

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Posted: 5/10/2014 11:48:45 PM
I see my doc next month to see if I can have the go shed to start trying. I was diagnosed with type 1 last march, I'm just nervous as to how different it will be from someone who isn't diabetic. Is it tons of highs and lows, are bg levels easy to control? Do I have to have a c-section or can I have a normal delivery? Am I expected to see the doctor way more than normal? What questions should I ask the doc when I go in? I'mjust looking for advice and experiences, TIA!


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Posted: 5/11/2014 12:39:14 AM
No advice to give but as the mom of a T1 diabetic I wish you all the best!


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Posted: 5/11/2014 7:28:22 AM
My BFF has type 1 diabetes. She had to wait almost 5 years to get clearance from her doc to get pregnant. Once she was pregnant, she was monitored by a specialist as she was considered high risk. The most interesting thing about her pregnancy was that she actually went off insulin as the baby produced insulin for her. She went on to have a healthy and super amazing little girl.

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Posted: 5/11/2014 9:02:31 AM
Google Kerri Morrone Sparling and type 1 diabetes pregnancy. She's a blogger with type 1 and has a four? year old dd. She blogged about it a lot and she also wrote a book that has a chapter about it. It's called Balancing Diabetes. Even without the pregnancy info, she's a great (and entertaining) resource.


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Posted: 5/11/2014 10:52:00 AM
Are you on the pump?

A good friend of mine is type 1, on the pump, and has had 3 healthy baby girls in the past 4 years.

Her first one, her BP was high, she was admitted to the hospital early, and ended up with a c-section bc baby wasn't tolerating it all.

Her BP continued to be high and she had to stay in the hospital longer than baby did.

She was also working full time during the pregnancy as a teacher. I am sure that did NOT help her BP!

She became a SAHM for the next two and those babies were a breeze.

She saw her regular OB for much of the pregnancy. Then from week 30 or so, she had to go in for non stress tests 2x a week in addition to see a high risk OB.

So yes, more than likely you will have more appts.

Best of luck!

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Posted: 5/11/2014 12:07:46 PM
I'm not a T1, but a 1 1/2. I produce insulin, but not enough. So I'm insulin dependent, but not to the degree a T1 is. I also had my last baby 15 years ago, but maybe this can give you some ideas of what questions to ask.

I was considered high risk from the moment I was pregnant. All my pregnancies were planned. I was watching, as I was told that as soon as the placenta starts forming, your insulin use changes. My insulin needs fluctuated quite a bit in the first trimesters due to fluctuating hormones. I probably tested 8-10 times a day, as we were trying to keep the levels good while all the major organs were forming, especially the heart.

I was monitored several times during the pregnancy for kidney issues, but all was good. I was on bed rest from 21 weeks with #1 due to contractions. I was considered to have good control, but he was still 9 lbs 2 oz and I delivered via emergency c sect when his heart rate went through the roof during labor. It was determined to be non related to diabetes, though. He was in the NICU for several hours after he was born, as his blood sugars were low. That's not abnormal for babies of diabetic women, especially if their BS are high at birth. But my BS were normal. I think they were just being cautious, and I was fine with that decision.

I had #2 two years later. She was born by VBAC at 37 weeks after a long induction, but all was normal. We tightened up on my levels during the pregnancy, but she was still 8 lbs 3 oz. She was severely jaundiced, which is common in babies of diabetic women. But she was also 3 weeks early and we lived at an altitude of 7,200 feet in Colorado Springs, which are both contributing factors to jaundice. So it wasn't a surprise.

Both kids are teens now and healthy. They were very healthy as babies and toddlers.

I had non stress tests from 30 weeks on and lots of ultrasounds. I was seen weekly in my first trimester, then every other week, then weekly again and then 2-3 times a week depending on NSTs, ultrasounds, and regular appts. I was lucky and never developed any major complications.

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